Diamondback Water Snake

Nerodia rhombifer

Description 4

NOT venomous but may bite if harassed. Typically found in and around bodies of water. Head is only slightly wider than neck, keeled scales, round pupils. Stocky body with a diamond pattern down the back outlined in black or dark brown. Bold pattern when young, darkens with age, but can vary in individuals. Typically 30 to 48 inches (76 to 122cm) in length. (J. R. Dixon and J. E. Werler, Texas Snakes: A Field Guide, University of Texas Press, 2000.)

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More Info

iNat Map

Pupils round
Scales keeled
Colors black, brown, tan